Army moves ahead with full-rate production for JLTV armored vehicle; design problems need to be ironed-out
JLTV designed to defeat guerrillas, as Army refocuses on great powers, as Army prepares to buy at least 1,500 vehicles, over the next five years.
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
Date here -- The off-road armored vehicle is intended to combine a massive Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle’s protection against roadside bombs with an unarmored Humvee’s cross-country mobility.
Army Secretary Mark Esper publicly has said JLTV was designed to defeat guerrillas, at a time when the Army is refocusing on great powers. Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy has confirmed an $800 million cut in JLTV purchases, which translates to at least 1,500 vehicles, over the next five years.
The roll-out of low rate initial production (LRIP) JLTV vehicles also has been marred by teething troubles ranging from stuck doors to maintenance shortfalls to one young soldier managing to total his new truck within 72 hours.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics